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550 Silvera Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 598-9486
(562) 594-9359
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August 31, 2015
Kettering has the best teachers! They are amazing! They are all classically trained. My child has excelled at Kettering!

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May 11, 2014
I don't know why I have waited 6 years to post a review about Kettering. My best guess is that I've been so happy with the school that it hasn't crossed my mind to give a review. Today, I am looking for reviews on Middle Schools for my daughter and I thought it would be so helpful to those who wanted a review of Kettering, so her goes. My daughter has attended Kettering for all 6 years and I am writing this review with tears in my eyes because I am so sad to leave. This is the kindest, gentlest, safest, most compassionate little school I know of. My philosophy is that my children are going to get a good education at a number of schools, but what might hinder their great school experience is the environment in which they learn. From Grace the secretary, to Mrs. Snow the lunch lady to Mrs. Anderson the Principal, to all the wonderful teachers, you don't find any better. My daughter has had Mrs. Burner, Ms. Mitchell, Mrs. Cousino, Mrs. Dahl and Mrs. Luzod. She has thrived and excelled in this gentle, caring, nurturing environment. You would be a fool not to choose Kettering to send your child if you have the chance. Good by Kettering, we will miss you!!!

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April 13, 2014
I have 2 kids in this school and I just love it here. The teachers are just amazing! They work hard, so hard for our kids and I can't imagine being in any other school. The kindergarten teachers set the foundation for learning and listening. It is not an easy job getting 25 5 year olds to listen and learn 100 sight words in 2 months time. I also thought that maybe the kinder teacher was a little distant in the beginning to my child. What was actually happening was that she was observing my child and noticed that she had a learning disability that went undiagnosed through all her years of preschool. We were able to begin treatment and therapy immediately and now she's thriving! Only an experienced, dedicated teacher would have noticed it so early on and she did. Also ,the after school activities are endless from piano, science club, art, basketball, skateboard you name it they have it. From PTA and other staff, this school is great and has it all :)

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April 11, 2014
Both my daughters attend Kettering. Community is a great one. Lots of amazing activities and programs. PTA / parents very active and involved. Sad to hear that the reviewer before me is unhappy with our kinder staff. I love our teacher and both girls have been in her classroom. She is very involved and concerned with the getting the kids ready and at the learning level they need to achieve. If you are approachable, she is approachable. She's not warm and fuzzy but she's a great teacher and I guarantee that your child likes her even if you do not. The entire staff is wonderful with the exception of one of the current 3rd grade teachers. Not a fan of the current principal at all. I still highly recommend this school and am very fortunate to have found this gem in Long Beach.

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October 30, 2013
not happy with this school only because of the kindergarten staff so far...i have heard the rest of the teachers are great but unfortunately, not having a great experience with the kindergarten teacher...very unapprocahable, doest ever smile, makes you feel uncomfortable when talking to her, very disciplined with the kids..not nurturing or warm...very cold personality...looking for other schools now because of the experience with this teacher. :( otherwise pta is great and other staff seem good! but not much of a playground for the children to climb and be involved in other activities.

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May 30, 2013
This is a fantastic school with great teachers in all grades. Parents are involved and the students are engaged. We have 2 kids that have gone through the school and could not be happier with their experience.

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November 15, 2011
After starting Kindergarten at a popular charter school fall of 2010 and having a less than positive experience, we switched our son to Kettering, our home school. Best decision we could make. He, as well as my husband and I, instantly loved the school. We were welcomed warmly by other students, families, teachers, principal and all support staff. He is now in 1st grade and we have a new principal who is terrific, as was the former. Both Kinder and 1st grade teachers are super. We feel very lucky to be part of this amazing school!

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May 03, 2010
My son just started kindergarten this year. He loves it and surprises me every day with his progress. The PTA is committed and put on great events. The teachers are awesome and he is extremely happy with the after school CDC. He doesn't want to come home.

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April 29, 2010
The heart felt passion for teaching shines academically through every child. If you see your children excited about going to school, and coming home with A's, the school has to be great.

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November 17, 2009
my son just started this school and it is amazing. the principal is great the best elementary in long beach

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March 24, 2009
Kettering is a small school with big hearts! Teachers, parents and students all work together to maintain the incredible reputation it has. In addition to the top notch academia, kids get to be kids and enjoy the foundation of their education. The community is outstanding, especially in these hard times. My son is not only thriving, but exceeding beyond my expectations. And more important, he's happy!

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May 16, 2008
Kettering is an amazing school with caring teachers and involved parents. Great great place for any child.

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January 06, 2008
Kettering is a great little school with lots of parental involvement and wonderful Teachers. There's a good community feel, my daughter has attended there for 5 years and I have been very pleased with all staff members, Teachers and parents there. No complaints!!!!

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September 27, 2007
Kettering is great, its a small scholl with alot of parent involvement. We have a new principle again... and she seems very pro active. If your chlld needs after care CDC the program is excellent my second grader really gets a lot out of it. he is there from 2:00pm until 4:30pm and its hard to get him to leave! Parent participation is is critical (with budget cuts) and we do what we can. We are very pleased with his progress and look forward to a great school year.

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September 26, 2007
Wonderful school! I couldn't be happier! The only thing I don't like very much is that from grade to grade, the children are not kept grouped together and so, children are sometimes split up from their best friends from the grade before. In a way, it is a good thing, as it makes them get to know more people - but my son was depressed being separated from his best friend and felt very lonely when that happened. The teachers are terrific! The major supporting team (principal and counseling staff) seems to turn over a lot more than I've seen at other schools, but so far - it seems like it has been for the best. I recommend this school to anyone looking for a place where their children will actually learn something more than the basics and the PTA is second to none!

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March 28, 2007
My son just started Kindergarten and I couldn't be happier with the quality of this school - in all aspects! From the PTA and parental involvement to the teachers and students - this is, by far, the best school in Long Beach! The students and other people involved with this school care about our children! We are blessed to be there! It is a terrific place!

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March 03, 2006
Kettering is an excellent small school especially under the new principal leadership of Kim Weber. My child adores Kettering and the teachers there have some of the longest years of experience. I love 'neighborhood ' schools where everyone seems to know everyone.

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January 12, 2006
I have been very happy with Kettering so far. I have a Kinder that loves school! All of the Kinder teacher are great and the principal is very involved. So happy we are there. Lots of parent involvement. Great PTA.

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November 26, 2004
Kettering is a great school with a higher percentage of parental involvement than most. It is a small enough school where most of the teachers know all the students. Kettering is also a safe school, with a caring staff and great teachers. We had 2 children attend Kettering, and were very satisfied we chose Kettering.

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September 02, 2004
Strength - academic expectations and parent expectations for student success Weakness - classroom based discipline. Emphasis on administrative/counselor support in this area.

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May 04, 2004
We are very pleased with the quality education our children are receiving at Kettering. The curriculum is full and the children are challenged. By offering art, PE and music, the children experience a well rounded program. The children respect their teachers and their classmates, and due to the intimate size of the school, most all students know each other.

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May 03, 2004
I very much enjoy the atmosphere and the closeness that is available and transferred out from the staff and faculty. I am a parent of a kindergartner and felt very welcomed into the school.

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January 29, 2004
I have 3 children at Kettering (K, 2, 4). The teachers are amazing - they truly care for the students and do a great job of working with accelerated students as well as struggling students. The administration is very professional and works hard at making sure all students adhere to the school's behaviour and scholastic standards (which are very high). The best part is that the school is small and it is easy to get to know your child's classmates and teachers. The school welcomes and encourages parental involvement.

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November 20, 2003
I think this school offers near-private school quality. We were very lucky to live in the area--very few apartments in this area of upscale homes. Teachers are excellent, several went here as kids or student taught here. What impressed me were the affluent parents who could have sent their kids to private school and the ehtnic balance, this school has an ethnic makeup similar to California's instead of being 70% Anglo or 80% minority--gives my kid a chance at realistic socialization. I've volunteered here for many years and am impressed by how well the students do, only one or two in a class cannot keep up. And thank God for school uniforms.

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July 08, 2003
The best aspect of Kettering is the quality of the K-4th grade teachers. Both from personal experience and from talking with other parents these teachers are at least Good and some are Excellent. My own experience (as well as that of other parents) would lead me to rate the admininstrative people from principal on down to staff (with a few exceptions) as poor. There is a very imperious attitude when trying to find out information from administration. These people must be very sure of their jobs because their customer service skills are horrible.

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Kettering Elementary School
550 Silvera Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90803
(562) 598-9486
Last modified Kettering Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kettering Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top